On Oct. 19 and 20, Lady Plainsmen claimed the 4A West Conference Championship swimming and diving title by more than 80 points.

The Lady Plainsmen won seven of the 12 events, set three pool records, and set a school record.

The meet took place at Kelly Walsh’s high school pool. Competitors included Laramie High School, Kelly Walsh, Natrona County, Evanston, Green River, and Rock Springs.

Going into the meet, Laramie coaches considered Green River to be the team’s toughest competition. However, the Lady Plainsmen ended with a winning score of 408.5 points. Green River came in second with 326.5.

This was Laramie’s first year in the West Conference. In past years, they have always competed for the East title. This year, the board voted to move Laramie in order to have six teams competing at each conference meet.

Some highlights of the weekend were the 100 breast-stroke, the 50 freestyle, and the 100 butterfly. Laramie’s Katie McPherson and Catie Weathermon placed first and second in the 50 free. Laramie also had 3 girls in the top 6 in the 100 breast-stroke, including Carter Burchi, Anna Roesler, and Tayiah Graves.

“I was really tired and so were a lot of the girls on our team… I think the team did really well,” LHS senior and team captain,Carter Burchi said.

The girls begin to taper this week. They should be well rested and in prime condition when state rolls around.

The swimmers and divers have one final meet before they head to state on Nov. 1st and 2nd. The State competition will be in held at Laramie High School this year.

26 Laramie High School girls have qualified for State, and more hope to at their Last Chance Qualifier (the final opportunity before State) this week. This is a huge number and it shows that they have been swimming particularly fast times.

“[Coach] Tom had originally hoped for 25 qualifiers, and honestly I thought that was a lot, but we actually did more than he wanted,” Olivia McPherson, a top LHS swimmer, said.

The girls are confident going into the final stretch of season, and their talent has made them a force to be reckoned with. The Lady Plainsmen have won all but one meet this season. They hope to continue this streak with another win at State.

“We have a lot of depth on the team… All the girls are working hard and doing great. I think if we keep working hard, we can all do very well at State,” McPherson said.

The Laramie girls not only have depth, but strong leadership. They are coached by Tom Hudson, Tamara Bretting, Scott Cronk, and Ben Herdt. Team captains are Kelsey Anderson and Carter Burchi. They have high hopes for the team and are proud of this season’s accomplishments.

When asked about her goals for the team, Burchi’s answer is simple-

“Support each other at State, work hard in practice, and to not break taper,” she said.   

By Krisanna Andrews